Awakening

There is nothing like old age to convince one
that present conditions are far superior
to anything the future is sure to offer.

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A Long Life

Today finds another Spring
There have been so many

Winters too
Harsh Winters

The worst days are behind me
And only my End remains

But today finds another Spring

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Altered

In my solitary life,
what I do is no longer important.

What I am not doing is.

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Today

Those who profess to know
warned of heavy rain this morning.

They overestimated

and the neighborhood squirrels
are out preparing for the cold to come.

(The Next Day)

The cold rains are here
and the squirrels huddle in their nests

and the little black dog and I
watch by the half-opened door

as we, according to our own natures,
become as one with the squirrels.

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Seasons

Reluctant dawn
Lingering night time cool
Lurking autumn

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The Greeting

A warm afternoon.
Two old men meet in passing.

They nod,
acknowledging each other’s existence.

They continue on.
Humanity recognized.

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Dreams

Sunlight streams through the window.

Sleeping dog yips at in intruder in her dreams.
When she awakens, the threat will be gone.

When I awaken, will the dog be gone?

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The Solitary Casts

He appears to be in charge
of the whole of his life.

He casts an illusion.

He is in charge of nothing.

And he strives to keep the nothing
free of all such illusions.

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April Morning

Music with me
Storms beyond

Tympani and thunder
My world refreshed

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A Hermit Laughs

My sense of humor is missing. Perhaps I never had one. In any case, I can’t find it and I believe it is too late for me to acquire one.

I should learn to live with what I have, especially at my age.

Besides, does a hermit really need a sense of humor? Who will laugh with me and with whom will I laugh?

I live alone.

Except for the dog and dogs have absolutely no sense of humor.

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